A Scots Quair

A Scots Quair A Scots Quair by the Scottish writer Lewis Grassic Gibbon the pseudonym of James Leslie Mitchell is a trilogy consisting of three novels Sunset Song Cloud Howe and Grey Granite The trilogy a classi

  • Title: A Scots Quair
  • Author: Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  • ISBN: 9780862415327
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Scots Quair by the Scottish writer Lewis Grassic Gibbon the pseudonym of James Leslie Mitchell is a trilogy consisting of three novels Sunset Song, Cloud Howe, and Grey Granite The trilogy, a classical work of Scottish literature, describes the life of a young woman Chris Guthrie in the north east of Scotland in the early 20th century.

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    1. A long, powerful, moving, and ultimately pitiless account of that generation in Scotland who lived (if they were lucky) through the First World War and saw the rural lives of the crofters swallowed up by a new urban society. The first book of the trilogy is the most astonishing – all the pleasures of a Bildungsroman combined with a very rich and involving portrait of life in a Scottish farming village where we get to know and care about almost every inhabitant. The coming-of-age element is the [...]

    2. Something I really liked about this trilogy is the way each book builds on the last. They're all related and the last two books do things they couldn't do if it hadn't been for the last book, but they're all different. The big theme of the trilogy is, on a personal level, gaining experience and what it does to you, and, more generally, the inevitability of change. Sunset Song, the first novel, is a bildungsroman, really. Chris Guthrie is the teenage daughter of a crofter in 1911 Scotland. She's [...]

    3. Already read Sunset Song, probably going to give it a quick reread then tackle the rest.Excellent. Just excellent. Review to follow.EDIT: now I can't remember any of the great stuff I had to say about this book, goddamnit. Essentially, I think this is the best female character I have ever seen written in a book, and it was written by a man. What that should tell you I don't know. Too often I feel women are written in broad brush strokes, far more so than men - they're either decidedly within the [...]

    4. I've read the trilogy three times I think (rather appropriately), seen the stage play, listened to a musical setting of it in Glasgow Cathedral, seen the BBC version of it from the 1970s (now available on dvd at last hallelujah). I guess that constitutes me being a fan of the book! What's the attraction? The humour, the dialect, the evocation of the time and place, before the "Great" War changed the pace of life forever. The first couple of times I tried to read the book, the first part of Sunse [...]

    5. Beautiful but often abstruse story of the Chris Guthrie, born into a crofting family around the turn of the last century and living her life up to the the mid century, through a period which saw the end of the small farming way of life and the rise of political radicalism amongst the subaltern classes.Grassic (realname James Leslie Mitchell) tells the story through an almost impressionistic lens, where the landscape of the Mearns area of East Scotland evokes the moods which dominate ther lifes o [...]

    6. Dealing with the death of the Scottish crofter society, A Scots Quair is composed of three parts: Sunset Song, Cloud Howe, and Grey Granite. Sunset Song introduces Chris Gutherie, a daughter of crofters, as she moves to the Mearns, meets the love of her life, starts out her married life on the croft, to see it all change with the beginning of the First World War. The story continues in the second book as Chris leaves the croft to move into a local village with her second husband and the young so [...]

    7. Probably the most influential book I have ever read. This trilogy has such a sweeping emotional and philosophical trajectory that is at once tragic and celebratory has since dominated my conscious mind and emotional self immediately after I read the natural and deeply honest text. The narrative will be difficult for those not used to hearing the Scots dialect from the north east of Scotland but I would implore a new reader to persevere as the story held within these pages is both universal and v [...]

    8. I love this book. The protagonist, Chris, is one of the most complex and honest characters I have known for a long time.

    9. I read this in 6th year of high school and it has stayed with me ever since. It's one of the most beautifully written, moving books I have ever read.

    10. This is a fabulous trilogy, and I think would resonate with readers of Willa Cather (plains = bleak Scottish fields). I adored this book as a teenager.

    11. Gibbon's trilogy traces the life of Chris Guthrie from girlhood to death at the beginning of the twentieth century. Sunset Song follows her from childhood moving to a farm in the Mearns through adolescence to marriage and the First World War, Cloud Howe her life as a minister's wife in the small town of Seggat, and Grey Granite her later years running a boarding house in the industrial east coast city of Duncairn.Life is never easy for Chris, whether labouring a subsistence living on the land, e [...]

    12. In some ways I feel it does a dis-service to these books by reviewing them together for each part of the trilogy is brilliant.A Scots Quair is actually three books, Sunset Song, Cloud Howe and Grey Granite, that tell the story of Chris Guthrie, a young woman in the North East of Scotland, moving from the hard, rural life of her adolescence to adulthood and marriage. It's a wonderful depiction of rural Scotland at the beginning of the 20th century and describes the development of the working clas [...]

    13. A gift from my dear friend Bettie!!This trilogy is composed by the following books:4* Sunset Song, see My review here.3* Cloud Howe, see My review here.In this last book, Grey Granite, there are four sections which are called after different constituents of granite: Epidote ( a greenish silicate of calcium, aluminum, and iron), Sphene (whose crystals are wedge-shaped and which contains the element titanium - strong, light, corrosion-resistant), Apatite (consisting of calcium phosphate and fluori [...]

    14. This is supposed to be the greatest Scottish novel ever written. So, I like Scotland, I like reading -- should be great. However, when you already hate a book on page 1 of nearly 700, that's not very encouraging. It might be the greatest novel in the same sense that Moby Dick is a great novel -- OK, but it's totally boring. Or maybe I'm so traumatized from slogging through Freedom that I'll never enjoy reading again. Anyway, I put it down. Now I have to decide what shelf to move it to. I think I [...]

    15. My absolute favourite of all time - Chrissie's story is a social history of Scotland, description of the Howe, the red tilled earth of the fields in the Mearns and how Chrissie's story progresses through a time of great change in Scotland. Lasting memory is of her kindness to conscentious objector, the image of him sitting on doorstep forlorn and wondering if his convictions right. The changing of the landscape as trees are chopped down for war effort, changing farming forever in the area. I lov [...]

    16. I've read this twice, neither time recently, but it's not a book (three books actually) you forget. A most beautiful love story set in the most remote and appealing landscape imaginable and peopled with larger-than-life characters. Who could be larger (or longer) than Long John o' the Mill? There's no answer to that.

    17. I was expecting to really really love this. Alas. There are some interesting stylistic choices, for those who like that sort of thing - bits written in the second person! - but there was a bit too much lecturing, in the form of the thoughts and feelings of the characters.Also I was terribly disappointed at how mean-spirited and, yes, stupid, a lot of the people were. Sorry.

    18. Remember loving this trilogy when I read it at school. Happy to have found a copy so I can delve into it once again.

    19. First, a note. The author advises you before the preface that if you are not interested in Scots history to skip the Prelude. I did, and I am glad I did. If you get to this review, I strongly recommend Warwick's review. I have no need to repeat the things he said, or replicate the passages from the book that stand for themselves. The Scots-English language seemed like a problem to me. There IS a glossary, but it is tiny, and so I decided to take the book on as something like War and Peace, where [...]

    20. "Chris Guthrie was born in the stark, unforgiving hills of Scotland, raised by a brutal, domineering father and a mother driven to suicide by unrelenting poverty and drudgery."But somehow Chris is different from the others, with their narrow, coarse ways. She took from the hard reality of life a nuturing strength, a sense of unipn with the continuing earth, and the certainty that, above all, she was her own woman."As history ran its cataclysmic course -- the First World War, the Great Depression [...]

    21. 2017: This is a book meant to be read in the autumn, sunset and autumn being temporally related to one another, the last bright clear view of something before it's gone forever. I've been meaning to reread it for two years and finally did it this year, for which I am glad. This affirmed my beloef that these are quite possibly the best books ever written, for one reason or another. LGG's ability to induce tears and laughter in the same five minutes, on the very same page, is one of my favorite th [...]

    22. I found this book slow to begin with and persevered as a book group read. I read it more slowly than I often read and so the images stayed with me. The Highland dialect is fascinating and after a while undaunting and became part of the language I understood, much of which is exceptionally beautiful. "She saw the cruelty and pain of life as Crimson rainbows that spanned the horizons of the wheeling hours". I had such strong images of the scenery and lives of the characters. The end of the closing [...]

    23. A Scottish classic, actually a trilogy, which gives a real feel for the difficult life in Scotland in that time. The books have probably traumatised many Scottish kids that have been forced to read it at school, but reading it as an adult, and having lived for five years in Scotland, I could appreciate the story.It starts out following the life of a young lass, growing up in rural Scotland and ends, centred more on her son in the city.Very interesting, although you'll need an ear for the Scottis [...]

    24. Oh, how to review this book? The subject matter was fine; a Scottish woman's story through the hardships of the First World War and the economic and social troubles of the twenties and thirties. But written in lowland Scots. Nevertheless, by the end, I was hooked and had worked out most of the dialect (though this edition loses a star for not including a glossary.) It is a stirring tale and says a lot about the strength of human spirit battling adversity. And I gather it's Nicola Sturgeon's favo [...]

    25. This three books that tell the story of Chris Guthrie, a young woman in the North East of Scotland, moving from the hard, rural life of her adolescence to adulthood and marriage.It's a wonderful depiction of rural Scotland at the beginning of the 20th century and describes the development of the working class of Scotland up to, through and beyond the horrors of the 14-18 War.There is a strong socialist feel to much of the books but for all the politics and social commentary, Chris is simply a wo [...]

    26. This is not an easy book to read because of all the unfamiliar Scottish words. There's a limited glossary of terms in the back of the book and its usually fairly easy to figure out (or guess) the meaning of the words that aren't there. Its a great story of life in the Highlands in the early 20th Century. Loving all things Scottish, I bought this book several years ago, but just finally got the courage to read it.

    27. This is the first book I ever read that I wished I could hear on audio. Although it's prose, the writing was beautifully lyrical. It had lovely rhythm, rhyme, and alliteration. The story was quite good, too. It's essentially about capturing a glimpse of a world that is about to disappear--not just the small farm but even the Scottish language. I'm so glad I read this.

    28. Considered by many to be masterpieces of the Scots literary renaissance of the 1920's and 1930's, I liked the three books but I found Grassic Gibbon's faith in a Socialist future naive and a heavy handed motif. I also found his dismissal of Liberalism, Scottish Nationalism, and Presbyterianism as irrelevant ideologies for Scotland's future to be reminiscent of an immature and adolescent zeal.

    29. Great Scot writer. Life in Aberdeenshire long past. Hard to find in US & I'd venture to say it's only Scots that appreciate the stories.Book I loved & not listed: The Wind in Her Hands Margaret Gillies Brown. I think she was the first woman to receive a bursary for Uni Aberdeen early 1900's. Lovely stories - 2 books follow.

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